Palestine police seeking 1 suspect, arrest 2 after Thursday morning armed robbery

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PALESTINE, Texas (KETK) – Palestine police have arrested two suspects and identified a third after an armed robbery in Palestine Thursday morning.

On Thursday morning, just after 8 a.m., police responded to the 2700 block of N. Jackson St. in reference to an armed robbery.

The victim reported that one white male and one black male entered her residence and pointed a handgun at her. The suspects then removed several firearms from the residence and fled.

Both suspects were reportedly wearing masks during the incident.

Officers in the area observed a white Chevrolet Impala traveling south on Nixon St. Officers also observed two male subjects pushing an ATV behind the Impala.

When officers attempted to stop the subjects, they fled into the nearby wooded area. Officers were able to stop the Impala and identify the driver as Que Green, 17, of Palestine.

Upon contacting Green, officers observed a revolver lying in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Officers then located several firearms in the backseat of the vehicle. These firearms were identified as the firearms stolen from the residence during the robbery.

Green was taken into custody without incident. The ATV was also discovered to have been stolen from the residence.

Officers from the Palestine Police Department and Anderson County Sheriff’s Office performed a search of the area for the fleeing suspects. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice K9 unit also responded to assist in the search.

Through further investigation, detectives were able to identify the other two suspects as Eddie Barnes, 18, of Palestine and Braidan Lambright, 18, of Palestine.

Lambright was also identified as the step-son of the victim.

On Thursday afternoon, Barnes made contact with detectives at the Palestine Police Department and was taken into custody without incident.

Green and Barnes were both booked into the Anderson County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Authorities are still searching for Lambright, who has active arrest warrants for aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Anyone that knows his whereabouts is urged to contact the Palestine Police Department at (903)729-2254 or the Anderson County Crimestoppers at (903)729-TIPS (8477).

Braidan Lambright (Photo from Palestine Police Department)

“I want to commend the officers for their quick response and recovering the stolen firearms so quickly.” PPD Chief of Police Mark Harcrow said. “These young men made a terrible choice, and thankfully they did not injure anyone.”

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